Finding Aids to Personal Papers and Special Collections in the Smithsonian Institution Archives
Record Unit 7128
Benjamin, Foster Hendrickson
Foster Hendrickson Benjamin Papers, circa 1927-1933
Foster Hendrickson Benjamin (1895-1936), lepidopterist, was introduced to entomology by George P. Engelhardt and Jacob Doll. Following his graduation from Cornell in 1921, Benjamin worked for the Mississippi State Plant Board. In 1922, he became Curator of the William Barnes Museum at Decatur, Illinois, and in 1927 joined the United States Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Entomology. There he assisted in the investigations of the Mexican (Texas, 1927) and Mediterranean (Florida, 1929) fruit flies. In 1931 Benjamin transferred to the taxonomic staff of the Bureau of Entomology located in the United States National Museum, where he remained until his death.
This finding aid was digitized with funds generously provided by the Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee.
These papers consist of a small quantity of records dealing with the various fruit fly studies and a larger number of taxonomic papers prepared by Benjamin. Some are incomplete, some were finished and in press, and others were approved for publication.
This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.
- Benjamin, Foster Hendrickson
- Engelhardt, George P. (George Paul), 1871-1942
- Doll, Jacob
- Cornell University
- State Plant Board of Mississippi
- William Barnes Museum
- United States. Bureau of Entomology
- United States National Museum
Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7128, Foster Hendrickson Benjamin Papers